Mistrust and mystery get deeper in "Lost's" season opener. Show starts with more clues about Jack's past, increased dissension among the stranded travelers and the arrival of an underground dweller who might provide answers about what exactly is going on on this island. Fat chance anyone will explain it soon, though, as the mysteries of the island make "Lost" one of TV's most-compelling shows.
Mistrust and mystery, the keys to last season’s most-discussed rookie drama, get deeper in “Lost’s” season opener. Show starts with more clues about Jack’s past, increased dissension among the stranded travelers and the arrival of an underground dweller who might provide answers about what exactly is going on on this island. Fat chance anyone will explain it soon, though, as the mysteries of the island make “Lost” one of TV’s most-compelling shows.
No one skips a beat — not the actors, writers, director Jack Bender or composer Michael Giacchino — from last season’s cliffhanger in which it became clear the plane crash survivors weren’t the only people on the island. “Lost’s” premiere, which ABC did not supply in advance, is taut and creepy, spiced with romance and hope, and an open book as to where it is all going. Promo at episode’s end stated the people’s fate will become known next week — don’t believe it.
Opener lets us know there is not only another island resident, but one who has rigged up an impressive underground living space, complete with sound system, new washer and dryer and old computer equipment.
Meanwhile, Jack (Matthew Fox), Locke (Terry O’Quinn) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) debate the merits of exploring the tunnel underneath the hatch, which they blew open at the conclusion of season one. As is the case with every decision on the island, two adamant sides form: Jack says stay out, Locke wants in and, as usual, Kate opts for whichever is riskiest. Locke lowers Kate into the hole and, after she hits the bottom, a light beams up as Kate disappears.
First Locke ventures in and then Jack. Both become hostages. At the hour’s conclusion, the underground dweller shows his face and it appears he and Jack have met; whether that meeting was real or metaphysical is a mystery.
Flashbacks, which were used marvelously throughout the first season to explain why these people were on a plane traveling to California from Australia, concentrate on Jack operating on a car crash victim (Julie Bowen) and her immediate aftercare. Miraculously, she has command of her limbs despite severe damage to her spinal column. Last season she appeared in a flashback as Jack’s wife; one assumes this is a tableau of their initial meeting.
Beyond the main plot, “Lost” reminds that big guy Hurley (Jorge Garcia) spent time in a psych ward, where a patient continuously repeated a string of numbers. Those numbers not only won Hurley $115 million in a lottery, they appeared on the hatch that Locke blew up, adding to the string of bad luck Hurley has had since winning the money.
Separately, Walt, the young boy captured by pirates at the end of last season, appears — is he real or an apparition? — and, while trying to catch Walt’s dog, Sayid (Naveen Andrews) disappears.
ABC has exposed a bit about episodes to come: The fates of the three men who took a raft out to sea, Sawyer, Michael and Jin, will be revealed quickly; Kate’s back-story will unfold; Charlie will have more drug battles; and, perhaps most significantly, another survivor (Michelle Rodriguez) shows up.
Filmed in Oahu, Hawaii, by Touchstone Television. Executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender; producers, Stephen William, Jean Higgins; co-producer, Rauf Glasgow; director, Bender; writer, Damon Lindelof.